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Sandy-Spurred Rockaway Ferry Slated to Shut Off Service

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TWC News: Sandy-Spurred Rockaway Ferry Slated to Shut Off Service
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A ferry that began in the wake of Hurricane Sandy will soon make it's final journey.

The Rockaway Ferry Service is slated to end this October.

It currently carries about 400 commuters from the Rockaways and Brooklyn to Wall Street and 34th Street.

A request to extend the service was submitted, but the mayor's office says it has become too expensive to subsidize.

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz said the ferry served as a lifeline for Rockaway residents after Hurricane Sandy.

I think it's a difficult fight but I think we need to convince the city that the ferry is not the right place to cut a budget. And you have to pick your priorities. The priority in Queens should be that the Rockaway Ferry continues," Katz said.

The city says it will monitor service over the next few months, but unless ridership spikes significantly before October, the ferry will be cut.

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